Katrina Robinson acquitted of two counts of wire fraud; two remain | #phishing | #scams | #education | #technology | #infosec

U.S. District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman has acquitted Tennessee State Sen. Katrina Robinson of two counts of wire fraud but left two of her four counts remaining. 

Robinson was found guilty in a jury trial in September 2021 of the four counts of wire fraud in connection with her leadership and ownership of The Healthcare Institute, a nursing school, and its management of funds received under a Health Resources and Services Administration grant.

The new order, issued Thursday, granted Robinson her request to acquit her of charges that she submitted annual performance reports in the years 2017-18 and 2018-19 to HRSA that contained fraudulent misinterpretations of The Healthcare Institute’s operations in furtherance of a scheme to defraud HRSA.

However, the judge denied Robinson’s motion to acquit her of the two other counts, which charged Robinson with improperly using HRSA grant funds to pay for two personal expenditures related to her wedding in furtherance of a scheme to defraud HRSA. One was to a caterer, the other to a makeup artist. The expenses totaled less than $3,500.

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